The Prince and the Dressmaker | book review

Prince Sebastian is not as concerned as his parent's are with finding him a suitable lady to marry. He's more worried his parents (and all of Paris) will discover his secret: he likes to wear dresses. During a ball thrown by the King and Queen, Sebastian notices a remarkable dress that stands out from all the rest and demands to know who's created . . .

The Presidogs of the United States of Pawmerica | book review

Do you like dogs? How about puns? And maybe even a little bit of American history? If you answered "yes" to at least one of these questions, then you have no excuse not to read this book. The Presidogs of the United States of Pawmerica is a hilarious re-imagining of American history, detailing the birth of our nation and summarizing the . . .

Number the Stars | book review

The Synopsis "She was glad to be an ordinary person who would never be called upon for courage." The year is 1943. Life for ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen is a lot different from yours and mine. Food shortages sweep across Denmark, soldiers perch on every streetcorner, and being a Jew…

All the Light We Cannot See | book review

Title: All the Light We Cannot See Author: Anthony Doerr Series: n/a Publisher: Scribner Publication Date: May 2014 Genre(s): Historical fiction Opening Line: At dusk they pour from the sky. The Synopsis Marie-Laure goes blind when she is just six years old. Her papa, the locksmith for the National Museum of Natural History in Paris,…

Slaughterhouse-Five | book review

Title: Slaughterhouse-Five Author: Kurt Vonnegut Series: n/a Publisher: Delacorte Publishing Publication Date: 1969 Genre(s): Sci-fi, Historical fiction, Satire Opening Line: All this happened, more or less. The Synopsis Billy Pilgrim is going to school to become an optometrist when he is drafted into the Army during World War II. He's a weak, funny-looking young man who is captured behind…

The Devil’s Arithmetic | book review

Title: The Devil's Arithmetic Author: Jane Yolen Series: None Publisher: Puffin Books Publication Date: 1988 Genre(s): Historical fiction, Middle grade Opening Line: "I'm tired of remembering," Hannah said to her mother as she climbed into the car. Book #2 of my Young Adult Lit class! Though I consider this to be more of a middle grade novel. We are beginning…

Two Across | book review

Title: Two Across Author: Jeff Bartsch Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Publication Date: August 2015 Rating: 4.5 stars I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The year is 1960. At the age of 15, both Stanley Owens and Vera Baxter tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee.…

Love Lies Sleeping | book review

Title: Love Lies Sleeping Author: Lisa Dietrich Publisher: Smashwords, Inc. Publication Date: July 2014 Rating: 3.5 stars I received this free e-book through one of my groups on Goodreads, for winning a contest. The summer before Lily Deen's senior year of high school, her mother is getting married to Sir Richard, the 9th Earl of Yarlbury. Lily…